American Red Cross: Volunteers helping those in need

The American Red Cross continues to help people in need across the United States, despite the challenges of the global pandemic this past year.

Over 70,000 new volunteers across America joined the not-for-profit organization in 2020.

The American Red Cross relies on the spirit of American volunteerism. Approximately 90% of its workforce are volunteers, and they distribute supplies donated by Americans. Red Cross volunteers also help people find temporary shelter when natural disasters occur.

Volunteers handing out N95 masks (© Scott Dalton/American Red Cross)
American Red Cross volunteer Eric Carmichael explains how to use an N95 mask to a woman at a supply distribution site for residents affected by wildfires near Mill City, Oregon. (© Scott Dalton/American Red Cross)

“Throughout our country’s history, the humanitarian spirit of the American people has shined as a beacon of hope in times of crisis,” said President Biden in a proclamation on March 1. “It is in that spirit that we celebrate American Red Cross Month, a chance to honor all those selfless Americans who step up and lend a hand whenever and wherever people are in need.”

Woman wearing protective mask and gloves while stacking boxes on counter (© Scott Dalton/American Red Cross)
Dallas Teague Snider, with the American Red Cross, sets out meals at a hotel being used as a shelter for families affected by Hurricane Laura in New Orleans on September 3, 2020. (© Scott Dalton/American Red Cross)